I’m Alison James, Professor, National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and accredited LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. I’m a speaker-writer-adviser-workshopper on things HE and an experienced professional coach. In 2020, like most of us, I’ve spent inordinate amounts of time on Zoom running courses, webinars, speaking on play and creativity at events internationally, analysing research data and writing. I’ve also been coaching executives and educators remotely. Thank goodness for comfy chairs. (If any of that interests you, do please click on the links above)
engaging imagination.com gets its name from the book I wrote with Professor Stephen Brookfield Engaging Imagination: Helping Students Become Creative and Reflective Thinkers. Though the book came out in 2014 you can still access information and companion materials for it on this site.
Intertwined with imagination is my interest in playful and creative learning. Since 2019 I have been undertaking a study on The Value of Play, which you can read about through the links above and also here.
This builds on the international edited collection I published with Dr Chrissi Nerantzi The Power of Play: Creativity in Tertiary Learning. It collects over 40 examples of play in higher education internationally and shows that play can be at the heart of advanced learning in almost any context. It was published by Palgrave MacMillan in early 2019 and is available as an e-book and hardcover copy. By December 2019 chapters from our book have been downloaded 13,871 times in 26 countries.
STOP PRESS We are delighted to announce that as of January 2021 the complete book The Power of Play has been downloaded over 23,000 times!